Botwin Building

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In February of 2007, the historic Waldo Theater, a once thriving cultural center for the Waldo neighborhood in midtown Kansas City, burnt to the ground. The owner of the site commissioned el dorado to design a new mixed-use center which could continue to accommodate small local businesses while introducing accessible and sustainable approaches for development at a neighborhood scale. The design for the new building includes complete ADA accessibility egress, natural ventilation, a planted roof and a commissioned art installation which doubles as a sun screening device for the upper level glazing system. Perhaps most importantly, the new center will drastically improve visibility into retail spaces from sidewalks and roadways.
  • 2008
  • Architect
  • Volland, KS
  • 12,500 SF


  • Botwin Family Partners, LP

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer, AIA


  • Contractor: Hoffman Cortes
  • Structural Engineer: Bob D Campbell & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Derssler Consulting Engineers
  • MEP Engineer: Lankford Fendler + Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Derek Porter Studio
  • Landscape Architect: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.


  • Anne Lindberg


  • 2008 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Citation Award
  • 2009 IESNA Illumination Design Award
  • 2010 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Honor Award


  • ArchDaily, Kelly Minner, “Botwin Building / El Dorado,” 2010
  • KC Studio, Brenda Clevenger, “The Art of Doing Business Differently,” 2016
  • Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, “Architects Honor Grand Designs,” 2010
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Mark Kind, Jonna Lorenz, “Capstone Awards,”2009
  • Modern Builder, “Hoffman Cortes Constructs New Mixed-Use Building on Historic Waldo Theater Site,” 2009
  • SPACE Korea, el dorado inc, “Botwin Building,” 2009
  • Review, Heather Mcneill, “Creating Valuable Community Spaces,” 2009
  • Urban Times, Alexi Kontras, “The Green Design Frontier,”, 2009
  • Iowa Architects, “2008 Central States Region Awards,” 2009
  • Commercial Journal, Jill Sederstrom, “Up from the Ashes,” 2008
  • KC Small Business, “Botwin Building Opens,” 2008
  • Kansas City Star, Sarah Mote, “Art and Architecture in KC,” 2008
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Jim Davis, “Dream Small,” 2008
  • Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, “A Welcome Revival in Waldo,” 2007
  • Review, Josh Shelton, “Grain, Lizards & Vacuum Cleaners,” 2007

Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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